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The Fest adds a lot more bands

The Fest has just announced another huge addition to this year’s lineup:

Hop Along, Adventures, Glocca Morra, Junior Battles, Mikey Erg, PJ Bond (Full Band) , Daggerz, Dan Padilla, Edhochuli, Old Grey, Fighting Fiction, Caseracer, Ex-Boogeymen, Feral Babies (playing BOTH), Jowls, Nato Cole and the Blue Diamond Band (playing BOTH), Nerd Alert, Senders, Sexx, Teen Agers, Good Graces, Rebuilder, Forever Came Calling, Greek Favourites, CLEAVE, Shambles, Bone Dance, Dropout, Send Away Stranger, Zebo, Greg Rekus, Throwing Stuff, Raging Nathans, Holiday, and I Can See Mountains,

They also have two newbie Gainesville all star bands that will be playing FEST 12 this year:

Sunshine State (Warren from Against Me back in action with Mike from The Scaries and Troy from Whiskey &Co./Boneshakers) and grievers (Sergie, Mike, George, Jon. (members of Samiam, Hot Water Music, The Scaries, and Gunmoll)

The full lineup can be found here.

The Fest will begin on Halloween, with a special Pre-Fest sponsored in Tampa. Click here for all the info on those events.  For the entire lineup announced so far go here.


Get Party Records posts PWYC comp to help with Vet bill

Get Party Records have announced a benefit comp of sorts, to help Reid Skerritt afford an enormous vet bill for his dog Harry, who was mauled by another dog and sustained life threatening injuries. The label said this:
To make a long story short Get Party Records records was going to release this compilation on tuesday for free but a pretty major accident has taken place in my friends life. My friend Reid Skerritt’s dog Harry was mauled by a another dog and left with some very life threatening injury. They have racked up a huge vet bill in 24 hrs so we are posting the comp today as P.W.Y.C. “Pay What You Can”. You can choose to donate what ever amount and we will be giving him the money. Please take the time to repost this for him and I and his poor dog.

for more info about the incident read here or donate here 

Check out the compilation here.

10 Songs That Made Me Fall In Love With Punk Rock: Sam Sutherland (Junior Battles)

We recently caught up with vocalist/guitarist Sam Sutherland of Toronto pop-punk act Junior Battles to get his take on the songs that got him in to punk rock.  Check out his list here.

Free Compilation: “5 Minutes To FEST”

Gainesville’s annual punk Fest started today and to commemorate the occasion the folks organizing the festivities have released a free compilation featuring a crap load of the bands performing.

Snag or stream it here.

Junior Battles release two song EP in anticipation for FEST

Junior Battles have released a two song EP entitled “Wow, That’s Really Cool” as a surprise and in anticipation for their performance at Fest 11.

You can pick it up for $1.50 at eh Paper + Plastick webstore.

The EP is also in anticipation for the bands full length which is due out next year.

Random Cover Song: Junior Battles covers Green Day’s “FOD” and “All By Myself”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s cover song comes from Canadian pop punk group Junior Battles, tackling the songs “FOD (Fuck Off and Die)” and “All By Myself” by Green Day. Junior Battles originally covered the songs for the Our Favorite Songs compilation put out by the Juicebox Recording Co. “FOD” is the final track listed on Green Day’s seminal 1994 album Dookie, while “All By Myself” is the hidden track on Dookie, originally sung by Green Day drummer Tré Cool.

You can check out both versions of the song here.

Interview: Junior Battles talk about new material; releasing new tracks on cassette for The Fest

In a recent interview before their set in Omaha, NE, Toronto pop-punk band Junior Battles sat down for a little interview with Sanctuary Review.

In the interview, the band discusses their signing with Paper + Plastick Records, their most recent release “Idle Ages”, as well as a second album in which the band has started work.

Amongst a whole bunch of shit-talking, there is actually some substance in there.

Check out the entire interview here.

Junior Battles will be recording two new songs for a tape they will have on tour with them for The Fest this October in Gainesville, Fla. The two songs also may be featured on the next Junior Battles full-length as well.

Junior Battles giving away free download of “Idle Ages” for the next 48 hours

Toronto pop-punks Junior Battles are getting ready for their September tour dates as support for Less Than Jake. To get fans excited, they are giving away a free download of their full-length album Idle Ages here. For a list of tour dates click here.

The band will be heading into the studio this Thursday, for the first time since releasing Idle Ages. Junior Battles will be recording two new songs for a tape they will have on tour with them for The Fest this October in Gainesville, Fla. The two songs also may be featured on the next Junior Battles full-length as well.

Music Video: Junior Battles – “Architecture,” “With Honours,” and “Living in the Future of Feelings”

Toronto pop punk act Junior Battles have released a  three song music video for their songs “Architecture,” “With Honours,” and “Living in the Future of Feelings”. All three songs come from the band’s debut album, “Idle Ages,” which came out last year on Paper + Plastick Records.

You can click here to watch the video.

DS Staff Picks – 10 best albums of 2011 (Lauren Mills)

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m an editor for Dying Scene. Another year is in the books and you can check out my top ten best album list for 2011 right here. I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season.

Paper + Plastick releasing 5 new vinyl records for previous releases

Beginning at 3 p.m. EST on Thanksgiving Thursday, Paper + Plastick Records will unveil seven new vinyl releases of albums that came out earlier this year. For sale will be brand-new first pressings of Farewell Continental’s Hey, Hey Pioneers!, Junior Battles’ Idle Ages, Reverse the Curse’s Hither & Yon, Riverboat Gamblers’ Smash/Grab EP, a split from Red City Radio and The Gamits, the Are You With the Band? compilation of female-fronted punk bands, and the Plow United collection entitled Sleepwalk: A Retrospective. Also available will be a second pressing of Dave Hause’s Resolutions LP.

The new records come just in time for some grand Black Friday sales, and to thank its fans, the label is giving 15% off of any order when customers type in “thanksfornothing” at checkout, including all of the new releases. Also available are three grab-bag package deals for $15 each – fans can pick either 3 LPs, 5 CDs, or an LP, CD and a t-shirt – each package is $15 and is a grab-bag chosen by the label!

To help ring in the new releases, Paper + Plastick is streaming most of them in full on its Soundcloud page.

Paper + Plastick Records issued the following statement to thank its fans over the past year:

It’s been a busy year for all of us and we want to sincerely thank everyone who has checked out what we’ve been doing this year. All of you who have supported us have our undying thanks and although it’s a well-worn phrase, without you, nothing we do would matter. Here’s to another year of doing more things, doing better things, doing new things and supporting a great punk rock community.

DS Exclusive Interview: Aaron Zorgel (Junior Battles) discusses post-beard rock, life and living a “fringe lifestyle”

I happen to adore pop-punk; well, good pop-punk, anyway. Give me Yellowcard, The Wonder Years or New Found Glory any ol’ day of the week, and I’ll be pretty happy, so I was stoked when Dying Scene invited me to make my first piece about baby band Junior Battles.

A bunch of twenty-somethings looking back upon their teens with a mixture of angst and honesty has the best critics out there likening their lyrics to those of the great Blake Schwarzenbach and their sound to young legends like Trio.

Guitarist and lead pipes Aaron Zorgel also turned out to have an appreciably sharp wit and likeable demeanor, which always makes for the best interviews.  Read the full interview here.

Interview by Deb D.

Album Review: Junior Battles – “Idle Ages”

Junior Battles is a pop-punk band hailing from Canada. They have two singers (because it’s a big thing to do in punk rock these days) and one of their singers sounds a lot like Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy. They’re also really good at what they do.

The band’s debut album, “Idle Ages,” was released on June 28th on Paper + Plastick. It isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it’s still a lot of fun. Harmonized vocals, catchy choruses… it’s all there. Lyrically the band often touches upon being young and playing shows, but considering how young the band is (based on the lyrics to “Twenty Five” it can be assumed that most members have yet to reach that age), it means that they’re at least singing about stuff they know. “Nostalgic at 23” calls people out on not wanting to let go of memories, when in fact those same people aren’t even old enough to drink, while the penultimate track, “Passing Out,” goes into exploring long-distance relationship territory and the dangers that come along with it. There is also a general theme of being disillusioned with becoming an adult; a feeling that I share on a day-to-day basis as I’m turning 23 in a month and my life hasn’t really come together like my childhood led me to believe it would.

Musically the album is what you would expect of a pop-punk band in the post-American Idiot boom*. A couple of chords wrapped around peppy lead lines, palm muting, gang vocals, consistent rhythm section. Even the occasional, if not required, slow moments (such as the 45 second “Architecture”). I’m not knocking it- it works great for these guys. Anyone who is a fan of their previous EP output will dig this, too.

My only complaint about the album? The aforementioned “Passing Out” is the exact same recording of the song that they used for their split with O Pioneers!!!. Not a major fault with the album and considering not everyone has a copy of that split, it’s good that people will finally be able to hear this wonderful track. At the same time, however, I wish that they had at least recorded a new version of it (something that bands are prone to doing). Again, not a major fault, it’s just the only problem I had with the album.

Since it’s only been out for a limited time, I haven’t really given it as many listens as I hoped to. That said and given my love for (almost) all things pop punk, I’m certain that this album will make my End of the Year list. Oh yeah, and Damien Abraham (aka Pink Eyes) of Fucked Up makes a guest appearance on “Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated?” which is also worth mentioning (do kids these days still understand the Sex Pistols reference there?).

*I’m not saying that pop punk bands copy the style of American Idiot, I’m just using its release as a reference point for when “pop punk” stopped meaning “Green Day and blink-182” and began to mean “Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco” (in a mainstream sense).

Full Album Stream: Junior Battles – “Idle Ages”

Toronto punk act Junior Battles are streaming their new album “Idle Ages” in its entirety.

You can check it out right here.

“Idle Ages” will hit stores June 28th.

Junior Battles stream “Living In The Future Of Feelings / No Pain” off upcoming album “Idle Ages”

Toronto punk act Junior Battles are streaming “Living In The Future Of Feelings / No Pain,” a new song of their forthcoming Paper + Plastick Records debut “Idle Ages” and you can check it out right here.

“Idle Ages” will hit stores June 28th.